When conducting a mission in a mining town, the preacher was escorted through a coal mine. Entering a black, grimy, underground tunnel, he saw some beautiful, shiny, pure-white flowers growing out of the black mine earth.
He was amazed! How could anything, let alone a flower of such great beauty and purity, live in that black grime? He asked his guide for an explanation.
The guide told him to throw some coal dust on the flower and watch to see what happened. The preacher did so.
As soon as the coal dust hit those snowy-white petals, it slid straight off, leaving no trace of coal dust to mar its beauty. The surface of the petals was so smooth that the grit and grime had nothing to hold on to. The dirtiness that surrounded the plant and tainted its leaves, and everything else in the mine, could not get a grip on the glossy flower petals. The dirt could not cling.
We live in a grimy, sin-filled world.
Although we avoid all forms of evil,
we cannot always control our surroundings.
These days we cannot even go shopping without encountering things which would seek to corrupt our eyes and our ears. While we live in this world, we cannot avoid contact with possible corruption.
We WILL come into contact with sin, and we WILL SIN
. . . BUT . . .
IT WILL NOT CLING and it will not contaminate
when our lives are completely surrendered to the will of God.
Once that sin is repented of, confessed and forgiven,
it is COMPLETELY GONE.
It no longer mars the beauty of the Christ-life within us
or the privilege and joy of His abiding presence.
Oh to be more like that flower in the coal mine!
The VERY MOMENT the coal dust touches its petals, it slides right off!
We need a “moment by moment” experience.
Take me and all I have, dear Lord,
And keep me so close to Thee
That I feel the throb of the deep heart of God
That I keep SHORT ACCOUNTS with Thee.